Why Penn State's 2013 Recruiting Class Was an Overwhelming Success

Full RideB/R VideoFebruary 8, 2013

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien just wrapped up his first recruiting class since the NCAA sanctions. Many analysts thought Penn State would fall off the recruiting map after dealing with the bad publicity, but O'Brien proved everyone wrong.

According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Penn State finished the 2013 recruiting cycle with the No. 26 class in the country despite signing only 17 prospects. It also ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten behind just Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska.

Watch as Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer breaks down what went right for Penn State in 2013, and why O'Brien might be able to continue to weather the sanctions.

What will 5-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg and 4-star tight end Adam Breneman mean to the Nittany Lions? Watch to find out.